Wendy Catalan Ruano

HOLA Program Service Navigator

Wendy has been living in the west side of Indianapolis for over a decade. She received her associate degree at Vincennes University in Business Administration and now continuing her undergraduate studies at IUPUI.

Wendy volunteered her time for Catholic Charities as a CARE coordinator to provide support and resources to undocumented Hoosier families in immigration proceedings. This service brought her to volunteer and become the Empowerment Director for Immigrant and Racial Justice for the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance-IUYA. She is also a field organizer for Movimiento Cosecha which is a non-violent movement that fights for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for our Undocumented Immigrants.

Wendy recently began her term as a member of the Latino Advisory Council of Indianapolis. She is committed to advocate for families who are not represented by amplifying their voices and illuminating their experiences and their critical contributions to our city. In addition to her new role at the Damien Center, Wendy will prepare accordingly to address health disparities within our current health systems.

In her spare time you can find her athletically training for a long-distance race across the city, spending quality time with her family, listening to Bad Bunny, dancing to salsa or bachata, cheffing it up in the kitchen and fighting for freedom.